Posted October 29, 2012 on AP on Fox
The Oakland Athletics have exercised their $4.5 million contract option for closer Grant Balfour, while the AL West champions have declined their half of a $10 million mutual option for shortstop Stephen Drew. Drew receives a $1.35 million buyout. Balfour would have been due a $350,000 buyout if the A's had turned down the option. General manager Billy Beane all but said when the season ended in a five-game division series loss to the Detroit Tigers this month that he would keep Balfour and do all he could to maintain the current roster. Drew, acquired in an August trade with Arizona, batted .250 with five homers and 16 RBIs in 39 games. Oakland had the lowest payroll in the major leagues at $59.5 million.

Bartolo Colon takes line drive off the face

Bartolo Colon took a liner to the face while pitching Sunday and, well, there's really nothing more to say about this than...ouch.Thankfully, he was able to walk himself off the field to the rousing combination of cheers and zuzuvelas.Colon is currently pitching in the Dominican Republic after having his 2012 campaign cut short following a failed drug test while with the Oakland...

Oakland Athletics Decline Option on Stephen Drew

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Oakland's Braden, Devine become free agents

Oakland Athletics pitchers Dallas Braden and Joey Devine, both coming off major surgeries, declined outright assignments to the minors and chose to become free agents. Neither pitched in the majors in 2012. Braden, a 29-year-old left-hander, first underwent shoulder capsule surgery in May 2011. His rehab stalled this summer, and Braden had surgery Aug. 21 to repair a torn rotator...

Report: Colon hit in mouth by line drive

Pitcher Bartolo Colon was taken to the hospital on Sunday after he was hit in the mouth by a line drive while pitching in the Dominican Republic, Carlos Almanzar of ESPN Radio in Santo Domingo reported. Colon pitched for the A's this season, but was suspended after a positive test for performance-enhancing drugs. He will become a free agent after the World Series. Colon...

Bartolo Colon Takes Line Drive Off His Face in Dominican Republic (Video)

Bartolo Colon, who was suspended by Major League Baseball in August because of a failed drug test, had himself a little scare over the weekend in the Dominican Republic. The hefty hurler took a line drive off his mouth on Sunday night, and was taken to the hospital for further tests. Colon walked off the field under his own power, holding a towel to his mouth, as seen in the video below.  

Bartolo Colon Takes Line Drive Off His Fat Chin In Dominican Baseball Action

According to, Bartolo Colon was taken to the hospital Sunday after being hit by a line drive in a Dominican Republic Winter League game. All the national sports outlets covered this as if Bartolo had died. In fact, the guy walked away from the stadium under his own power. Look at that photo from @AguilaPica. Colon was fine because his chin is fat and can take a punch. It’s...

Bartolo Colon Hit in the Face by a Line Drive

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Who said baseball was over?

Poll: Should the Cardinals target Stephen Drew in free agency?

Now that the San Francisco Giants have clinched their second World Series Championship in three seasons, the baseball off-season can officially begin and moves are already being made. On Monday news broke that the Oakland Athletics would not exercise their option to bring back shortstop Stephen Drew for the 2013 and instead, will pay Drew a $1.35 million buyout and making the brother...

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Backstage Visitors At HIAC Last Night + Officials Happy

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